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#438310 - 05/18/12 02:40 PM Double murder trial begins for San Pedro Fishermen
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Brionne Swift

The trial of four fishermen who are accused of a double murder in San Pedro began on Wednesday in the Supreme Court. Brionne Swift, Victor Garnett also known as Prince, along with cousins, Frank Edwards Junior and Gabriel Salazar appeared before Justice Herbert Lord. They are jointly charged for the January twenty-ninth, 2009, double murder of twenty-five year old James Swan, a fisherman of the San Mateo area of San Pedro, along with his brother-in-law, twenty-six year old Eduardo Elias Gutierrez. Swift and Edwards are represented by Dickie Bradley and Simeon Sampson represents Edwards, Garnett and Salazar. On February third, police visited an area located fifteen miles from San Pedro Town, where they found the bodies of Gutierrez and James in a shallow grave. The crown’s main witness, Eric Swan told the court that he and the victims went fishing in the Bacalar Chico area.

Gabriel Salazar

According to Eric, they were approached on the beach by a group of six men, who he quickly recognized as three of his cousins, Alexander Edwards, Frank Edwards Jr., and Gabriel Salazar. The other three men he said he recognized as Brionne Swift, Victor Garnett and Benjamin Peters. The men were all armed with guns; Brionne, Garnett and Edwards took James and Gutierrez into a bushy area while Salazar, Peters and Frank Edwards Jr. held him hostage. After about forty-five minutes, Eric said he heard several gun shots. Eric testified that they came under fire and that’s when Garnett put a gun to his head and told him to run. But by then the police came and while Garnett and Brionne managed to escape, Eric was shot by police in the right foot and buttocks. Four other witnesses took the stand for the prosecution. The case continues on Friday.

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#439408 - 05/31/12 09:32 PM Re: Double murder trial begins for San Pedro Fishermen [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Not Guilty - Men Free of San Pedro Double Murder Charges - Ambergris Today
Four men, Brionne Swift, Victor Garnett, Frank Edwards, and Gabriel Salazar became free men after they were acquitted before Justice Herbert Lord of the June 2009 double murder of James Swan and Edward "Bro Lee" Gutierrez. The death of Swan, Gutierrez and Saldivar made headline news in all media house when their bodies were found about 20 miles North of San Pedro Town in January of 2009. It was believed that the gruesome murders were all drug related.


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#439417 - 05/31/12 10:09 PM Re: Double murder trial begins for San Pedro Fishermen [Re: Marty]
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Geez, seems like the DA can never get any convictions.
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#439435 - 06/01/12 02:08 AM Re: Double murder trial begins for San Pedro Fishermen [Re: Marty]
captjeff Offline

What is the deal here ?? I think this is so funny
And so sad .Another case of no justice.
Drugs ,and money talk .?????????
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#439530 - 06/01/12 10:25 PM Re: Double murder trial begins for San Pedro Fishermen [Re: Marty]
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Not Guilty; 4 accused of double murder on north Ambergris Caye are now free men

A jury of 12 handed down a not guilty verdict on the four men accused in the double murder of James Swan and Edwardo Gutierrez. As we reported in the Thursday May 25th, 2012 publication of The San Pedro Sun, the case began on May 16th in the 2012 setting of the Supreme Court in Belize City. On Wednesday May 30th, the jury took five hours to deliberate and pass down a not guilty verdict for murder and manslaughter against Brionne Swift, Victor Garnett, Frank Edwards Jr and Gabriel Salazar. During the trial, the prosecutor called in their main witness Eric Swan, the brother of deceased James, but the jury was not convinced by his story. In his account, Eric told the court that he never saw the actual murder but heard shots while being held hostage in a boat.

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